For many years our parents and their parents managed okay with just a few television channels to choose from. And then, all of a sudden, we had the emergence of cable and satellite media to make our home entertainment options a lot more interesting. There were some great sports and movie choices on offer, as well as hundreds of channels of pretty much garbage. This was all well and good but as time has crept on, the charges seem to have risen and some of us have questioned whether or not this is such a good deal anymore? This article looks at the ways in which we can continue to enjoy our televised media without getting a second mortgage on our homes.
Classics Never Die
We’ll start with a blast from the blast, an option that youngsters today may have a hard time fathoming out – The television antenna! Okay the bad picture and the need to move the aerial around the room, or roof even, does not always conjure up great memories. But nowadays you can buy a HDTV antenna that is a lot slicker than its predecessor. Of course you will need to live in an area that has access to a HD signal but we can’t really help you in that regard. The handheld antenna does a good enough job, but for a top quality signal you still need a roof mounted option. A digital converter box is also required but that will be the only other cost you will incur.
All of the heavyweight television companies have now got an online representative and they allow you to stream their shows onto your television or computer/handheld devices. You will have to wait a day to watch the latest show and there are some annoying commercials to contend with. But you’re getting these for free and we like that fact very much indeed!
This is a very interesting option that offers you much more than an option to watch old television offerings. You can find some really unique programs that have been produced and filmed by newcomers and will probably never see the light of day elsewhere! Some of them are questionable but if you like something out of the ordinary, this is the place for you! You can also find some mainstream stuff if you look hard enough, but the wacky home baked shows are worth a look even just for novelty value.
Since its release in 2007, Hulu has become a firm favourite amongst internet streaming TV fans. The quality of these transmissions is high enough to screen on a 100 inch television set, and that is not easy to achieve. All of this is totally free and you have a myriad of channels to choose from. They have recently introduced a ‘Plus’ account that offers a mainly HD selection, at $10 per month it is certainly worth a thought. Hulu has set the standard for internet streaming quality and we can only hope that others pick up the baton and continue these high standards.
No More Cable or Satellite?
Of course, cable and satellite television will remain in most of the American homes, but maybe they will both start to realise that they are not the only options in town anymore!
The author of this post, Paul Potter, is a technology enthusiast and a part time blogger. He believes that TV channels on internet are far more convenient to use than a conventional television. His blogs are a reflection of his technical knowledge and are appreciated by people all around Canada.